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Our Team

Staff

Shane Malcolm

Executive Director

Shane Malcolm came to Canada to as an international student from Jamaica in 2009 to take the Culinary Management (Co-op) Program at Niagara College. In 2011, he graduated with honours and began pursuing his BA in Hospitality Operations Management, which he completed with honours in 2014.

As a Niagara resident, Shane is very passionate about making Niagara a stronger community and that has led to his activism in local transportation and youth engagement. Shane became a member of the GNCC NextNiagara Council in 2016 and is currently serving as Chair.

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Raine Gould

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Paul Colangelo, President

Director, Financial Planning, Database & Analytics
Fallsview Casino Resort

A native of Niagara, Paul was born and raised in Port Colborne.  Following his undergraduate degree from UWO, he returned to Niagara and began his professional Career with Niagara Casinos.

Through his career, Paul completed his MBA while progressing to a senior management role within Marketing.  As an alumnus of the Leadership Niagara Class of 2014, Paul recognizes the value of developing future leaders in Niagara and the significant contributions that this program has, and will continue to deliver that value to improve our communities.

Paul enjoys windsurfing, triathlon and cycle touring with his wife.

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David Veres, Vice President


David spend over 23 years as an educator and administrator at Niagara College. Prior to retirement he was the Associate Vice-President of Academic and Learner Services at the college and was engaged in numerous college and community initiatives. Most recently he has joined The Centre for Leading and Living, where he provides consulting services associated with leadership development, strategic planning, policy analysis, quality assurance and curriculum development. He also teaches at Niagara University in their PhD Leadership and Policy program, and supports Master’s Thesis students at Royal Roads University.

David holds a PhD in Leadership & Policy, MA in Leadership, BA (hons) in Geography, and a Diploma in Recreation Leadership. He is actively involved in a number of community boards and committees including; 2021 Canada Games, QUEST Community Health Centre, YMCA of Niagara, and the Welland Development Commission.

He lives with his wife Louise in Fonthill, and enjoys hiking, baseball, and bridge. He joined the Leadership Niagara board in January of 2018, and is looking forward to supporting the development of community leaders in Niagara.

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Peter Dief- Treasurer

Senior Finance and Data Analytics Consultant
Niagara Health System

Peter is a Certified Professional Accountant; He pursued and obtained his CPA, CMA in 2010 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business with his Honours in Business Administration.

As a Senior Finance and Decision Support Consultant for Niagara Health, Peter has over 10 years of experience in finance, accounting, data analytics, project management and project implementation. He advises and provides intelligent solutions to senior administration and clinical leadership by utilizing a genuine and methodical approach rooted in evidence-based analytics and best practices.

Residing in Pelham, with his wife and three young sons, Peter is passionate about healthcare, education and the development of emerging leaders in Niagara.

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Jeffrey Sinclair, Program Advisory Committee Chair

Homelessness Action Plan Advisor, Community Services
Niagara Region

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Andrew Skeldon

Senior Manager, Global R&D Tax & Incentives
Deloitte

Andrew is a Senior Manager at Deloitte and leads the Niagara office’s Government Grants and Incentive practice.  Working closely with client stakeholders, he manages and advises on a variety of R&D tax credit and other incentive services across a breadth of industries.

He also contributes to various local, regional, and national initiatives related to training and practice development.  Andrew holds an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer.

Residing in Grimsby since 2006 with his wife and two young boys, outside of work, when he’s not busy chauffeuring kids to and from various sporting practices, he’s an avid cyclist, participating in charity ride events, and enjoys family camping trips in the backcountry.

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Kristine Clark

Professor, School of Business and Management
Niagara College

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Ruth Gatzke

Regional Vice President, Wealth Services
WM Gateway Inc.

I grew up in Niagara on a small fruit farm. Like many young people at that time, left the area for the big city to pursue an education and work opportunities. After getting married to another small town soul, we decided to raise our family back in Niagara.  We now live on a 15-acre organic farm that my husband runs. We have a 40 member CSA, attend two farmers markets and work with a few local restaurants. We also partner with Pelham Cares through our corporate donorship program.

I spent most of my career at CIBC, the last 15 years in leadership roles. I decided to explore credit unions as their values and commitment to local community aligns with mine. During the last 8 years, I enjoyed working with two regional credit unions leading their investment and wealth departments. I recently accepted a role with WM Gateway Inc. as their Regional Vice President, Wealth Services. Here I am working with a number of small to mid-sized credit unions in Ontario. I support their growth and help them enhance their member experience.

I joined Leadership Niagara in 2017.

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Kevin Jong

Director of Resource Development
United Way Niagara

An alumnus of the Class of 2016, Kevin was born and raised in St. Catharines. After completing an undergraduate degree in Business at Brock University, Kevin began his career in fundraising and non-profit management with United Way in 2013.

In his current position of Director of Resource Development, Kevin leads an annual $5 million fundraising campaign that supports over 100 social service programs through various agencies in Niagara.

Kevin is a proud uncle and enjoys spending time with his family and working on home improvement projects.

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Jeff McGuffin

Commercial Analyst
Meridian Credit Union

Jeff is a Commercial Analyst for Meridian Credit Union who works to help provide our Commercial Members with the financing required to help them grow their businesses, and as a result of this, our community.

Jeff holds an Honours degree in History and Human Geography from the Brock University.  Residing in the Niagara region since 2002 Jeff has enjoyed making Niagara his home.

He and his wife enjoy hiking the Bruce Trail and cycling around Niagara-on-the-Lake to enjoy all that the area has to offer.

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Adam Ackhart

Deputy Fire Chief
City of Welland

With over 20 years of service to the Fire Department, Adam holds the position of Deputy Fire Chief for Welland Fire and Emergency Services. Adam is a lifelong resident of the Niagara Region and also a lifelong learner, currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree from Wilfred Laurier.

Adam values the spirit of community and believes that positive and focused leadership can contribute towards a better quality of life for all. Leadership Niagara aligns with the values and beliefs that invest in others, so that they too may invest.

Adam enjoys reading, camping, and hot pepper gardening.

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Nada El-Roz

Branch Manager
RBC Royal Bank

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James Papple

Manager, EAP
York University

A St. Catharines native, James Papple received his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Brock University and holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Niagara College.

James is committed to supporting local non-profit organizations and mentoring future leaders in Niagara.

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Paul Pingue

Legal Counsel
Niagara Casinos

A Niagara Falls native, Paul Pingue has been Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino since 2004. Paul handles a broad range of legal matters in his busy in-house practice, including labour and employment matters, privacy, data governance and contract administration.

In addition, Paul is the executive lead for Niagara Casinos’ Responsible Gaming program, ensuring that Casino Niagara and Fallsview Casino offer the best possible gaming entertainment experience in the most socially responsible manner. Prior to joining Niagara Casinos, Paul was Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Niagara Falls.

Paul recognizes the value of developing future leaders in Niagara and the significant contributions that this program has, and will continue to deliver that value to improve our communities.

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Program Advisory Committee

Jeffrey Sinclair, Chair

Homelessness Action Plan Advisor, Community Services
Niagara Region


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I believe that empowering emerging leaders to work together and with others to create positive change on issues of importance is critically important if we are to create a vibrant future for Niagara.

What do I bring to the team?

  • A broad understanding of local community challenges and opportunities and the interconnectivity between various issues.

  • Experience initiating and leading community change initiatives.

  • Developmental Evaluation.

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Kristine Clark, Co-Chair

Professor, School of Business and Management
Niagara College


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am passionate about the co-creation of learning experiences that contribute to the development of Niagara’s Community Leaders.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Scholar-practitioner with over 20 years organizational development experience.

  • PhD in Human and Organizational Development.

  • Extensive experience delivering leadership and learning initiatives across public, post-secondary and private sectors.

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Alison Braithwaite

Nature Centred Leadership Coach


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I have a passion for self-reflection, leadership and creating a vibrant Niagara by helping others reach the full expression of themselves and Leadership Niagara provides a vehicle for sharing these passions.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sector

  • A passion for challenging people to expand beyond their comfort zones

  • A Master's Degree in Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching

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Brenda Allan

Senior Occupational Therapist & Local President, OPSEU
Niagara Health System


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am passionate about Leadership Niagara as a exceptional organization that develops community leaders and engages these leaders to contribute to Niagara as a thriving community.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Past participant of Leadership Niagara (2012-13) and the Leadership Niagara Graduate Certificate (2015).

  • Certified facilitator with DDI (Development Dimensions International) systems and experienced in developing and implementing learning programs.

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Holly Catalfamo

Professor/Coordinator - HR Programs
Niagara College


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

Leadership Niagara provides a unique learning experience for individuals to develop their personal capacity and at the same time contribute to the capacity development of their community. I am honoured to be involved with a program that supports our community and the exceptional talent within Niagara

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 15 years as an organizational development practitioner with specific expertise in leadership development;

  • Extensive experience in curriculum design and delivery, developing learner-centred programs embedded in action learning and active learning principles; and

  • A deep passion for learning with a deep commitment to support the personal and professional development of learners.

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Jennifer Sinclair

Philanthropy Manager
Bethlehem Housing & Support Services


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am actively involved with Leadership Niagara because the program brings together a diverse group of emerging leaders and empowers them to take responsibility for the well-being and improvement of our community.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 20 years of experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector

  • Extensive experience developing a variety of community leadership programs

  • Experienced community builder, creative facilitator and collaborator committed to working with others to find creative and sustainable solutions to local community issues.

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Jodie Middleton

Manager, Organizational and Leadership Development
Niagara Region


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I believe that the development of a community of dynamic, inspired Leaders who are committed to the growth of Niagara is critical to the success of our Region.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Over 20 years of leadership experience in both the private and public sector

  • Experienced Human Resources practitioner; particularly in developing and implementing leadership and employee development programs and systems

  • Extensive work in developing solutions and programs to drive employee engagement, enable culture shift and ensure effective change management practices

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Lesley Calvin

Manager, Student Engagement, Academic Advisement and Career Services
Niagara College


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

I am involved in Leadership Niagara because I truly believe in the process of developing a community of proactive, engaged, and motivated leaders. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the LN program. I feel that for as much as I am able to contribute, I take away so much more from my peers on the program advisory committee, the LN participants, and my co- facilitators in the LN core program delivery.

What do I bring to the team?

  • An academic and career background in organizational and leadership development.

  • A Master Practitioner certification for the Energy Leadership Index Assessment and a Certified Professional Coaching approach to leadership, transition and strategic development.

  • An unending willingness to give back, by sharing any and all of my acquired capacity, knowledge and experience with the Leadership Niagara community.

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Loisann Hauer



Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

What do I bring to the team?

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Sandra Summerhayes

Training Designer & Facilitator
Sandra Summerhayes & Associates


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

Leadership Niagara helps prepare participants to take on rewarding volunteer roles that are so needed in Niagara. Also, my personal and business mission is to help leaders succeed. Leadership Niagara gives me the opportunity to fulfill that mission.

What do I bring to the team?

  • 10 years’ experience on Leadership Niagara’s Program Advisory Team

  • Over 20 years of Leadership Training & Development experience

  • A passion for helping others succeed

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Yvonne Nasri

Director, Human Resources
CAA Niagara


Why do I care / why I am I involved with Leadership Niagara?

Developing leaders who are committed to building community and inspiring others to be the best versions of themselves is rewarding for everyone.

What do I bring to the team?

  • Past participant experience (2015-2016)

  • As an executive at one of Niagara’s top employers, CAA Niagara, easily connect program goals to business requirements.

  • Passion for leadership and lifelong experiential learning.

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